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justice john roberts has a cousin from san francisco who is a lesbian and reportedly wants to marry her partner. she will be in the room as roberts guest during the prop 8 arguments. so will cc cnn senior analyst jeffrey toobin who will prep us on that, the author of "the oath." jeff, thanks for being here on "the lead." you're the lead on "the lead." there are a lot of legal issues and torts. but for you this comes down to one question. >> both cases, same question -- can the government, in giving out benefits, whether it's taxes, whether it's marriage, whether it's child custody, say gay people get one set of benefits and straight people get another? can gay people get less? those are really the questions in both cases, and the court has never really answered that question clearly. and we should know a lot more tomorrow. >> and in terms of court watching, we know that there are generally four -- traditionally four liberal justices we assume will support same-sex justices, three or four conservative justices who will probably oppose it. does this, like so many other cases before it, co
in that direction. >> let's talk of gun control. you met with senator john mccain rece recently, and he after the meeting said you seemed to be focused more on pushing a nationwide background check system and not be so focused on the -- a ban on certain kinds of semiautomatic rifles. is that true? is that where you're going to focus your attention and your efforts? >> well, i don't know, just going to get me another nanny-gate, another -- me dressed as mary poppins? i was asked this morning about that, and i said i sort of take that as -- with a measure of pride. i mean, don't we have a responsibility to try to do what's right for each other, and we're certainly doing that in new york city. but let me take a look at guns for you. this year in america, 12,000 people will be killed with handguns, 400 people will be killed with assault weapons or high-capacity magazines. so it is the vast bulk of the murders done with handguns. the numbers you were saying, sir, i thought you were going in a different direction. i thought you were suggesting that a ban on assault weapons, semiautomatic rifles and
cnn co-workers? the answer, i'm in the middle. at least i'm beating john berman by a lot. john berman who of course went to harvard. you can check how my bracket is faring against my fellow cnn anchors at cnn.com/brackets. yankee fans won't be seeing the injured alex rodriguez for a while. many are happy about that and major league baseball may be trying to keep him off the field for even longer. there are reports today that the league will file a lawsuit against people linked to the south florida clinic at the center of the latest steroid scandal. the biogenesis clinic has been called the east coast balco. former mvps alex rodriguez and ryan braun have been tied to it going after the clinic in court may be the only way for prosecutors to build a case for suspending the players without an actual positive drug test. as our first week comes to a close we want to hear from you. how's my driving? let us know what you like, what you would change about the lead, e-mail us at the lead@cnn.com. >>> coming up in our money lead, selling pot is not just a side business for entrepreneurial high s
speaker john boehner reacts in our exclusive interview. >>> also in national the cdc now says one in every 50 children has autism. one in 50. there are real questions being raised at how the cdc arrived at these numbers. >>> and the sports lead. how long has it been since the miami heat lost a game? well, back then most of us had not even heard of the harlem shake. good time. >>> we begin with the world lead. and finally, all sides of the middle east peace conflict are seeing eye to eye on something. none of them expect much to come out of president obama's first trip to israel as president. the president just wrapped up a news conference with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu in jerusalem and as you'll see from this clip things are off to a chummy start for two leaders with legendary limited affection from one another. >> i want to express a special thanks to sarah as well as your two sons for their warmth and hospitality. it was wonderful to see them. they are -- i did inform the prime minister that they are very good looking young men who clearly got their looks from their m
actions as a last resort to save lives. >> reporter: john brennan was battered in his nomination hearings to head the cia by both republicans and democrats over the use of drones. brandon expressed a desire to start moving out of the killing business and resume collecting and analyzing intelligence. >> the cia should not be doing traditional military activities and operations. >> reporter: the program has also divided republicans. hawks such as senator john mccain of arizona are all for it but the drone strikes kept more libertarian senator rand paul of kentucky talking all night on the senate floor earlier this month railing against possible targeted killings on u.s. soil. no final decision has been made on whether the military will take over the drone program. if the change is made we're told it would happen gradually. the latest developments in the u.s. drone policy brings us to a larger question, are we safer here at home because of the strikes overseas and is it right? joining me now to discuss this, jeremy scay hill national security correspondent for "the nation" and here in washin
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